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Intel E7600 / I3 540 vs AMD Phenom II X2 565 and X4 955?

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Hi,

I am pondering on moving from Intel to AMD but before I do that first I need to check if I have the correct picture. It seems to me the AMD is a lot faster and cheaper than Intel - but if I were right then everybody would have AMD and that is not the case.

So: I have an Intel E7600 - 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 cores. If I wanted to buy this new now I would have to pay around £100. You may say this is an old model and you are right. So I also checked Intel I3 540 which is 3.06 GHz again. This costs around £105.

The competitors: AMD Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition 2. 2 cores, 3.4GHz, 7MB cache... Seems faster that Intel E7600 or I3 540 (although I couldn't find any speed comparison test for these two) and it costs only £65. Big difference. Also, look Phenom II X4 955 - 3.2GHz, 4 cores and it costs £105, just like Intel I3 540. But this AMD has 4 cores while I3 540 have 2 only (but again, I could not fine a Phenom II X4 955 and I3 540 performance comparison test).

So... Why AMD's are so cheap? Why Intel is so expensive? Also, I would need this computer for gaming. I noticed that most of the gamers have Intel? Why, Intel? AMD seems to be cheaper and more powerful? I feel there is some bits that I miss? Please help me to see this more clear.

(My situation is that I have an old Intel E2140 and and Intel E7600 processor, a motherboard that supports these (but not Intel I-series) and that supports DDR2 (but not DDR3) and also 2GB DDR2-6400 (extra fast 4-4-4-15) and 4GB DDR2-8500 memory. I am pondering (far from deciding yet) over selling the two processors, the mobo and the 2+4GB memory modules (both are 2*1 modules kits) and buy something new from their price. Question is: I3 or Phenom II? (I won't say I5 as it an I5 650 starts at £145 and it still has only two cores!)

Thank you.
    
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How many places are you going to post this
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i3-5xx will beat the rest of those.
 
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How many places are you going to post this
Sorry about that... First I found the Intel CPU and AMD CPU topics only and I wasn't sure where to put it so I put into both (bad idea I guess). Then I noticed the general CPU topic and posted there as it belongs there. I don't know how to delete topics/threads (if it is possible at all in this forum). I apologize.
    
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And a x4 is the best choice. The e7600 or i3 may be faster in single threaded aps, but in multicore aps the x4 will kill

And more and more games/aps are multicore capable
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here is a rough comparison between the i3 and 565. you can change which cpus to compare as well
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agreed! go i3 - amd is cheaper but intel x4 is much better
    
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I'd get a AMD x4 over a i3
post #9 of 12
The 565 shouldn't even be in the running, it doesn't hold a candle to the other two.

The 955 is overall more powerful in multi-threaded apps, stock for stock, but when both overclocked the i3 will close the gap and likely surpass it.
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i3-5xx will beat the rest of those.
Silly fool.
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